Flowers Language

images Flowers LanguageThrough generations, flowers, their colors, numbers as well as groups, have been used to convey a particular message. In addition, the way flowers were worn or presented also had special meanings. Unfortunately, most of this silent yet complete language has been lost primarily because of lack of use.

The language of flowers, or floriography, was a way of communication during the Victorian era. At that time the individuals used to express their feelings through coded messages with the help of variety of flowers and floral arrangements.

History:
It is thought that the Turks seemed to develop flower meanings way back in the 17th century. Lady Mary Wortley, the wife of the British ambassador to Constantinople, had multiple visits to Turkey. In 1718, she wrote a detailed letter on the “Secret Language of Flowers” that she had discovered. Europe quickly picked up the idea.

The first ever flower language dictionary was introduced with the name Le Language des Fleurs, in 1819. This small book, written by Louise Cortambert (Pen Name: Madame Charlotte de la Tour), became a popular reference on the subject.

During the Victorian era (reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1901), the flowers language flourished a lot. The language became very popular among the Victorian women as it allowed them to communicate feelings and meanings which they were not allowed for as per strict propriety of times. Tussie-mussies, a bunch of flowers wrapped with a lace and tied with a satin ribbon became a valued and admired at that time.

In 1884, a whole book on the subject was published in London with the title “The Language of Flowers”. The book got high popularity and respect. Since then, this book by Jean Marsh, illustrated by Kate Greenway, has been the standard source for Victorian flower meaning.

Some Famous Flower Meanings:

Flower Meaning
Almond Flowers Hopealmond 150x150 Flowers Language
Anemone ForsakenAnemone flower 150x150 Flowers Language
Aster Symbol of loveAster 150x150 Flowers Language
Basil Best wishesBasil 150x150 Flowers Language
Bay leaf “I change but in death”Bay leaf 150x150 Flowers Language
Bell flower, white Gratitudebellflower white 150x150 Flowers Language
Bluebell ConstancyBluebell flowers 150x150 Flowers Language
Campanula GratitudeCampanula 150x150 Flowers Language
Carnation, pink I’ll never forget youCarnation pink 150x150 Flowers Language
Carnation, red My poor heart aches for youCarnation red 150x150 Flowers Language
Carnation, striped RefusalCarnation striped 150x150 Flowers Language
China rose Beauty always newChina rose 150x150 Flowers Language
Chrysanthemum LoveChrysanthemum 1 150x150 Flowers Language
Coreopsis Love at first sightCoreopsis 150x150 Flowers Language
Daffodil Regarddaffodil flowers 150x150 Flowers Language
Daisy Innocence, new-born, “I share your sentiment”Daisy flowers 150x150 Flowers Language
Fern SincerityFern 150x150 Flowers Language
French Marigold JealousyFrench Marigold 150x150 Flowers Language
Gardenia EcstasyGardenia flower 150x150 Flowers Language
Honeysuckle Bonds of loveHoneysuckle 150x150 Flowers Language
Ivy Fidelity, friendship, marriageIvy 150x150 Flowers Language
Jasmine GraceJasmine flower 150x150 Flowers Language
Lavender Luck, devotionLavender flower 150x150 Flowers Language
Lily Purity, modestyLily floral 150x150 Flowers Language
Lily of the Valley Purity, the return of happinessForest lily of the valley 150x150 Flowers Language
Lily, Calla BeautyLily Calla 150x150 Flowers Language
Marigold Health, grief or despairmarigold 150x150 Flowers Language
Orchid Love, beauty, refinementorchid flower 150x150 Flowers Language
Primrose I can’t live without youEvening Primrose 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, red Love, passionrose red 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, pink Grace, beautyrose pink 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, yellow Friendshiprose yellow 150x150 Flowers Language
Rosemary Remembrance, constancyRosemary 150x150 Flowers Language
Tuberose VoluptuousnessTuberose 150x150 Flowers Language
Tulip, red My perfect lover, reclamation of lovetulip red white 150x150 Flowers Language
Violet Loyalty, modesty, humilityViolet flowers 150x150 Flowers Language
Violet, blue Faithfulnessblue violet 150x150 Flowers Language
Wheat Riches of the continuation of lifewheat Flowers Language
Willow, weeping Mourningweeping willow 150x150 Flowers Language
Yew Sorrowyew 150x150 Flowers Language

Rose and the Flower Language:

Rose is the flower that is most commonly used to convey some special messages. Some details of meaning of the Rose are listed below.

Rose Meaning
Rose, Black You’re my obsessionBlackRose 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, Champagne You’re tender and lovingRose Champagne 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, Orange You’re my secret loveorange rose 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, Pink Brilliant complexion, the glow of your smile, perfect happinesspink rose 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose Red Passionate love, I love youRoseRed 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, White Spiritual love, Innocence and puritywhite rose1 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, White and Red We are inseparableRose White and Red 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, Yellow Friendship, jealousy, I am not worthyrose yellow1 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, Bridal Happy loveRose Bridal 150x150 Flowers Language
Rose, Single stem SimplicityRose Single stem 150x150 Flowers Language